Eat, Pray, Love, Paperback
4 out of 5 (10 ratings)

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It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor.

She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it.

A divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781408809365

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She's kinda whiny. Though I enjoyed Italy.

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I'm one third through this travel diary and journal. As it's written in three parts this seems like a great place to start a review.First off it's a very enjoyable read. Elizabeth Gilberts' style is informal and conversational. Many chapters are only a page or so long and read like entertaining letters from a friend who’s travelling. Most sections are funny, many laugh-out-loud. Others touch on points of personal sadness and loss.As a travel book it travels well. It’s easy to dip into and pick up. I’ve enjoyed having it with me on my assorted trips. Instead of inspiring a wanderlust in me I've find myself now paying much more attention to where I am, the people and the places I visit. Gilbert is also very good at describing food. You may find yourself feeling hungry as you follow her through Italy. This book is an appreciation of life and living, even when the going gets tough. I'm looking forward to the next section of the book and will add more when that leg of the journey is done.

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1.5

It only took me 1.5 years to decide to cut out a little early and read the last two pages and call it good. I was so disgusted with Liz's lack of responsibility in this book that I had to put it down after just a couple pages every time. I hope young woman don't look to her as a role model otherwise this world is doomed to a bunch of whiny careless people.  

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5

My feelings for this book are exact opposites at different times. I actually made the mistake of reading some of the other reviews of this book before I started mine. I definitely believe there are many people out there who are feeling the same as I do about this book. The first part of me is jealous of this woman who can drop her entire life and go away for a year to do whatever she wants at her heart's content. The other half of me is jealous of her ability to see the world and spirituality in a completely different way than myself.<br/><br/>I read a lot of reviews saying that this book is very self-centered toward the author and stuff like that, but seeing as this book is about her life for a year I completely understand and expect that. Let me go into detail about the feelings I have upon completing this book: I am jealous of the peace this women has found upon her excursion and her ability to change so completely as to have been able to find this peace and understanding.<br/><br/>I love the way she sees her religion and spirituality and the way she spreads her views out so that others can fit their own deities and religions into her practices if someone were so inclined. I wish I had the sort of clarity she gains. Also, after reading this I want to learn to meditate and I just might one day. Hopefully. Anyway, I think that is all I have to say about this book. I loved it because it opened my eyes to a way that a person can experience their spirituality in every moment of everyday and not just when it is convenient for them and I fully intend to strive for that ability.

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5

My feelings for this book are exact opposites at different times. I actually made the mistake of reading some of the other reviews of this book before I started mine. I definitely believe there are many people out there who are feeling the same as I do about this book. The first part of me is jealous of this woman who can drop her entire life and go away for a year to do whatever she wants at her heart's content. The other half of me is jealous of her ability to see the world and spirituality in a completely different way than myself.<br/><br/>I read a lot of reviews saying that this book is very self-centered toward the author and stuff like that, but seeing as this book is about her life for a year I completely understand and expect that. Let me go into detail about the feelings I have upon completing this book: I am jealous of the peace this women has found upon her excursion and her ability to change so completely as to have been able to find this peace and understanding.<br/><br/>I love the way she sees her religion and spirituality and the way she spreads her views out so that others can fit their own deities and religions into her practices if someone were so inclined. I wish I had the sort of clarity she gains. Also, after reading this I want to learn to meditate and I just might one day. Hopefully. Anyway, I think that is all I have to say about this book. I loved it because it opened my eyes to a way that a person can experience their spirituality in every moment of everyday and not just when it is convenient for them and I fully intend to strive for that ability.

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